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Will of James Carter
Greenspond, Newfoundland, June 3rd 1863. In the name of God Amen. I James Carter of Ship Island, Greenspond, Newfoundland, being sound in mind, though weak in body do make this my last will and testament. First of all, I commit my body to the ground and my Spirit to God who gave it. The whole of my real and personal property of whatever description I give and bequeath to my wife Amy Carter as long as she remains a widow. In the event of her marrying again the whole of the above property shall immediately fall to James Carter the second son of my brother William Carter. I do also appoint as my two executors John Tiller Senr. of Swains Island and Aubrey George Spencer Crocker of Greenspond. It is also my desire that the whole of the property belonging to the fishing business be sold while the houses and land are to remain as heretofore. My wife Amy Carter having the right to and the possession of the whole with regard to both the amount of the fishing gear and also the landed property. I do also desire that all monies realized by the sale of the fishing gear be placed in the Union Bank of St. John’s, Newfoundland, allowing my wife Amy Carter the sum of twenty pounds (cur) per annum from this same fund. It is also my desire that at the second marriage or at the decease of my wife Amy Carter the whole of this property shall fall to the aforementioned James Carter immediately. Signed by James Carter. Witnesses my hand, Charles Edwards, William John Milner.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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